About Kennon Young

Kennon Young on the Laser Welder

Kennon Eli Young, a native Vermonter, was born in a house-converted barn in Williston, VT.  He first discovered his passion for jewelry in High School, where he was forced to choose between home economics and jewelry fabrication as an elective.  Fortunately, he’s terrible at cooking.

At the age of 18, he left Vermont for San Francisco, CA, where he attended the prestigious Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.  Top jewelers from all over the world teach at Revere, with subjects ranging from stone setting to chasing and repousee. Kennon Graduated the Graduate Jewelers program, the Master’s Symposium, and a Jeweler’s of America Bench Jeweler Certification.

Working with gemstones led Kennon south, to the Gemological Institute of America in San Diego, CA.  There, he studied diamonds and gemstones and became a graduate gemologist.  He also took an elective for jewelry rendering and design.

With jewelry fabrication and gemology under his belt, Kennon began a several year study of Valuation in Personal Property, through the Rhode Island School of Design Extension. in 2016, he was awarded with the highest credential in the jewelry appraisal industry, the American Society of Appraisers Master Gemologist Appraiser. This followed the Vermont Gem Lab acquiring Certified Gemological Laboratory through the American Gemologists Association.

In 2020, Kennon created a new project, Starlust Jewelry. He continues his journey with this new endeavor!